Frankie and Johnny (traditional song, version of "Frankie and Albert")
"The familiar "Frankie and Johnny were lovers" lyrics first appeared (as "Frankie and Albert") in On the Trail of Negro Folksongs by Dorothy Scarborough, published in 1925; a similar version with the "Frankie and Johnny" names appeared in 1927 in Carl Sandburg's The American Songbag."
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This is essentially the same song as "Frankie & Albert", but with the name 'Johnny' replacing the name 'Albert'.
Carl Sandburg (1927)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist)
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Baled Yr Eneth Eithafol
Frankie et Johnny (French version by Boris Vian)
Frankie and Johnny (Sidney Bechet arrangement)
Frankie and Albert (traditional song with the lyrics from "You’re My Baby" added, post-1912)